Leolian'sBro wrote:Notice the initials of the captains? That is some ego Mr Stratazinski has.
JMS can't write two lines without coming up with a clever-clever phrase he has to shoehorn in. Plus I don't think there's anyone else on the planet who thinks as much of himself. But he did the whole thing, he knew what he wanted and as a result it's about the most cohesively plotted sci-fi around. The universe feels fleshed out as well, not made up as you go along in the manner of Star Trek.
And it's massively enhanced by G'Kar and Mollari.
Stick with the first season though, even with it's flaws, it really really pays off in the later seasons. JMS wrote EVERY SINGLE ONE of the scripts for seasons 2-5 (apart from one guest episode penned by Neil Gaiman) and it really shows. Throwaway lines in one episode will pay off 2 seasons later, it is incredibly tightly plotted and planned.
I've just got to season 5 again myself. And I think I will stop. Byron and Lockley are two of the most insipid, boring characters I have ever seen, the show really really goes downhill fast. I may just skip to the sublime final episode. And I miss Marcus.